Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism


The WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism acknowledges journalists from around the world who have contributed to increased awareness and understanding of the foundational importance of the rule of law. 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize: a reporting team from Mexico’s Animal Político, who won for their investigative reporting series, "To Murder in Mexico: Impunity Guaranteed." The team is comprised of: Arturo Ángel, Paris Martínez, Daniela Rea, Yosune Chamizo Alberro, Rodrigo Crespo, and Jesús Santamaría.

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In addition to the prize winners, six journalists were awarded Honorable Mention in recognition of their extraordinary reporting on rule of law issues: Diego Cupolo (based in Turkey); Christian Davies (based in Poland); Alice Driver (based in Mexico); Emily Dugan (of the United Kingdom); Emily Feng (of China); and Kirsten Han (of Singapore).

Judges for the 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize were:

  • Endy M. Bayuni, Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post
  • Dino Jahić, Editor-in-Chief, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS). The CINS team won the Lewis Prize last year for their series of articles on systemic crime and corruption in Serbian society.
  • Simon Long, International Editor, The Economist
  • John Nery, Senior Editor, The Philippine Daily Inquirer – and a member of the board of directors for the World Justice Project 
  • Carlos Puig, Journalist and news anchor, Milenio



  • The prize will be awarded to a currently working journalist (or a team of journalists working on an in-depth series) who has demonstrated excellence in rule of law reporting. 
  • The journalist’s work (as demonstrated through key examples of their writing) will be judged on how effectively they have contributed to increased awareness and understanding of the foundational importance of the rule of law. 
  • Nominees can be from any country in the world, but entries must be in English or have been translated into English.
  • Anyone can nominate a journalist, including self-nominations/applications. 

Nominations and Applications (currently closed)

To nominate a journalist—including yourself—please send an email with the following information:

  1. Name of journalist(s)
  2. Contact information, if known
  3. Key examples of work, including recent work (send working links or attach PDF). Please include English translations if the writing is not originally in English.
  4. Reason you believe the journalist (or team of journalists) has demonstrated excellence in rule of law reporting and has directly contributed to increased awareness and understanding of the foundational importance of the rule of law. 
  5. Your name
  6. Your email address 

Email nominations or questions to: Please include “Anthony Lewis Prize” in the subject line. 

Why Recognize Reporting on the Rule of Law?

Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of justice, opportunity, and peace—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

Traditionally, the rule of law has been viewed as the domain of lawyers and judges. But everyday issues of safety, rights, justice, and governance affect us all; everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law. Vigorous reporting and a free, open press play a unique and important role in maintaining and upholding the rule of law throughout the world. (Read more about the rule of law.)

About Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis (1927-2013), a friend and inspiration to the World Justice Project, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist credited with transforming legal journalism in the United States. Lewis covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and legal affairs for The New York Times in addition to serving as a columnist as well as the paper’s London bureau chief. He is the author of five books, including Gideon’s Trumpet, which describes James Earl Gideon’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the right to legal counsel. Lewis’ reporting on the establishment of the Constitutional Court in post-apartheid South Africa helped inspire the creation of the World Justice Project. He was also an active participant at WJP's first regional meeting in 2007.